Deciding on the best material for your new Canberra deck
June 10, 2015 | Deck design, Decking, Decks, Hardwood deck | 0 comments
| Author: Paul Hurkmans
Winter is a great time to plan and build a new outdoor area, including a Canberra deck, so it will be ready for the warmer months.
One of the choices you need to make if you are considering a new deck is what material to use for the decking. These days we are spoilt for choice with the main contenders being hardwood, softwood and composite material, which is sometimes called modwood.
So which material is best for you and your Canberra deck?
First of all, there is really no bad choice. Hardwood, softwood and composite decking are all great products and will provide you with years of use. So the choice is as much about personal preference as anything else:
- For many people, hardwood is the timber decking of choice because of its great looks and durability. Merbau, blackbutt, jarrah and spotted gum are common hardwoods used for decking and they all feature rich colours and interesting knots and other variations.
- Softwood and particularly pine timber decking is also durable (don’t let the soft in softwood fool you!). The two main differences between softwood and hardwood is colour – softwood is lighter – and cost. If budget is a particular concern then softwood may be an attractive choice.
- That leaves HardieDeck, which looks like wood, doesn’t need oiling and is a great choice in bushfire-prone areas.
- You might also consider other materials. For example, if you have tiles on the inside of your house you may want to extend this to the outside. If that’s the case, Outside Concepts can build a Canberra deck that is suitable for tiling over to help create a seamless transition from the inside to the outside.
Now that you know some of the advantages of each decking material choice, it’s time to get cracking and plan your new deck. Then it will be just a matter of waiting for the return of the warmer weather!
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